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File Extension LRC

The file extension LRC is defined as a Lyric file which is used by a wide variety of multimedia applications. The format was originally developed for a lyrics display program which was designed to imitate Karaoke activities. Later the LRC format was created in the form of an enhanced lyrics format which is a more advanced format that is used for video Karaoke in real-time.

The file extension LRC is a text file type that contains time tags and lyrics which are used with Karaoke files and other media files. The purpose of the time tags is to point to the appropriate lyrics which should display at designated points in the song. The lyric data also supports colors that can be used throughout multiple lines to make the lyrics easier to view.

The LRC file format is supported by a variety of media players and plugins and contains the same filename as the actual song file. For example, if the song file for the lyrics is titled song1.mp3, then the LRC file would be titled song1.lrc. Depending upon whether the LRC file format is in the simple or advanced format will determine what type of media application can open and play the file.

How to Open LRC Files

Since LRC files can be opened with multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. LRC files can consist of both simple and advanced formats plus they are a text file type, so you may already have a program which will open the file.

If you use the Windows operating system, you can open LRC files with Windows Media Player with the additional VividLyrics Karaoke plugin. The plugin application is available for download on the VivdLyrics website. You can also use Recisio KaraFun, which is available as a free download on the KaraFun website.

For Mac OS X, you can use Apple iTunes with the MiniLyrics plugin to open the LRC file extension. The MiniLyrics plugin can be obtained on the Crintsoft or Winamp websites and can be used with Apple iTunes for Windows as well. KaraTunes for Mac will also open LRC files on Mac OS X. KaraTunes is available as a free download on the Ideographer website.

If you are looking for a multiplatform application that will open the file extension LRC, you can use StepMania which is open source and available as a free download on the StepMania website. StepMania is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.

If you want to open and view the data in an LRC file, you can use any text editing program such as Notepad or WordPad for Windows, Apple TextEdit for Mac, or gEdit and Nano Editor for Linux.